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Introducing the Alaska Solar Energy Industry Association – AKSEIA

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Big news, Alaska! Today we are pulling the wraps off of something we’ve had in the works for awhile… the Alaska Solar Energy Industry Association (AKSEIA).

AKSEIA’s mission is to build a strong solar industry in Alaska through advocacy and education. As the only trade association for the solar industry in Alaska, AKSEIA will represent all organizations that promote, manufacturer, build, and support the development of solar energy in Alaska. It is our goal to work with our member companies to champion industry best-practices & cost-competitive building practices, foster the removal of market barriers, and to educate the public on the benefits of solar energy in Alaska.

AKSEIA from its onset will be a democratically run and an open-to-all membership-supported organization. Affiliated with the national Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), AKSEIA will also interface on federal issues affecting the solar industry in Alaska.

We look forward to helping get AKSEIA off the ground with other Alaskan solar companies, suppliers, support organizations, and manufacturers. We are conducting outreach now to fellow founding members and interested parties so please contact us below if you would like to help.

For further information please contact Stephen and look for more on akseia.org in the future.

Our first participating event will be on November 7 with REAP discussing residential solar trends and policies with ACEP from 5-7pm at the Anchorage Museum.

Arctic Solar Ventures earns Better Business Bureau Accreditation

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Arctic Solar Ventures Corporation earns BBB Accreditation

Arctic Solar Ventures is Committed to Promoting Trust in the Marketplace

Anchorage, AK — 9/13/2018 Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV) is proud to announce its recent Better Business Bureau Accreditation. As a BBB Accredited Business, Arctic Solar Ventures is dedicated to BBB’s Standards for Trust, a comprehensive set of best practices for how businesses should treat the public in a fair and honest manner.

ASV applied to become a BBB Accredited Business because for more than 100 years, BBB has helped people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. More than 90 percent of consumers recognize the BBB logo. Displaying the BBB Dynamic Seal shows the community that ASV is a business that upholds ethical business standards.

“We wanted to become BBB Accredited to continue build trust and foster transparency in our community,” said Stephen Trimble, founder of ASV. “We are proud to have met the BBB’s Standards for Trust and look forward to displaying the BBB Seal to show that we are committed to promoting trust in the marketplace.”

Every four seconds, someone researches a business with BBB. Consumers can find ASV’s business profile here to view the company’s letter grade, reviews, request a quote and other information. The new BBB App also lets iPhone and Android users view ASV’s reputation, get directions or call the company right from the app!

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About Arctic Solar Ventures: Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV) is Alaska’s Premium Solar Provider, specializing in grid-direct solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and solid-state battery storage. Whether for home, business, or utility-scale, ASV designs and engineers projects to exacting specifications to last 30+ years. Having installed over 600kW of grid-direct solar PV systems, ASV was named a Top Solar Contractor in 2018, is a Certified B-Corp (Triple Bottom-Line business), a Co-Owner of the Amicus Solar Cooperative , and is a Better Business Bureau A+ Accredited Business.

About Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest: For more than 100 years, Better Business Bureau has been helping people find businesses, brands and charities they can trust. In 2016, people turned to BBB more than 167 million times for BBB Business Profiles on more than 5.2 million businesses and Charity Reports on 11,000 charities, all available for free at bbb.org. There are local, independent BBBs across the United States, Canada and Mexico, including BBB serving the Northwest which serves more than 14 million consumers in Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Hawaii, Montana and Western Wyoming.

ASV in the News: The economy of sunshine – Solar boom in Alaska proves prosperous

KTUU multimedia reporter, Beth Verge, recently joined us in the field to document one of our residential projects and interviewed members of our team about the growing solar industry in Alaska. ASV Solar Specialist, Giovanni Good said it best “solar works in Alaska, you should try it!”. We couldn’t agree more.

Read the full article here.

ASV founder joins Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Fall 2018 cohort

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Arctic Solar Ventures (ASV) founder and CEO , Stephen Trimble has been selected to join the Fall 2018 national cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Babson College in Massachusetts. The program is designed to spur small business growth by providing an intensive course structure, mentorship, and advisory services over a three-month period. The goal: creating new jobs and economic opportunity.

Since founding ASV in 2015, the company has built 500kW of grid-direct solar PV systems in Alaska and has been nationally recognized as a Top Solar Contractor in the United States. ASV is also a leader in business innovation as one of only two Certified B Corps (triple bottom-line businesses) in Alaska and as a member-owner of the Amicus Solar Cooperative, a cooperative of solar companies that pool their buying power together and share best practices.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital and business support services. To date, the program has served over 6,700 small business owners across all 50 states, and has resulted in immediate and sustained business growth for the alumni of the program.

The Goldman Sachs program is only open to small businesses that have been in business for at least two years, have four or more employees, and have revenues in excess of $150,000 annually. The main focus of the program is the Growth Plan in which participants outline how they are going to increase employment and grow their business. ASV currently employs 9 Alaskan’s.

During the three months of the program, Trimble is on-site at Babson College in Massachusetts for two separate weeks. During the rest of the time, he participates in online courses and in-depth discussion sessions daily, with meetings with his individual advisor, as well. The process began with rigorous diagnostics of ASV, opportunity assessments, and market options; and concludes at the end of November with their Growth Plan and subsequent actions. All expenses are covered by the program.

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ASV in the News: Solar company sets new Alaskan standard

Stephen recently got the opportunity to be interviewed by Katie Stark with the Mat-Su Frontiesman about our Top Solar Contractors award, what it means for the solar industry in Alaska, and about our growth and business values at our of our Palmer, Alaska project sites.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“Most people don’t think of Alaska as a nationally competitive place for solar,” said Anchorage-born Trimble, who started his company three-and-a-half years ago.

Before ASV, Trimble, who was running his own consulting business, didn’t think it was either at first, until out-of-state solar companies began coming to him with interest in starting up projects in Alaska.
His uncle, owner of the Agate Inn on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway, had been using solar to run his business for years.
“He just kept telling me, ‘There’s an opportunity here. There’s an opportunity. You should start a solar company.’ And he would just tell me that for like ten years,” Trimble said.
The entrepreneur in him eventually gave in, and he began to develop an enterprise that not only installs solar panels unique to Alaska, but involves itself heavily in the community as well. ASV engineers every project they do, whether it’s needed or not, according to Trimble. All of their hardware and panels are black to help melt snow more quickly, and the company can also install vertical panels that won’t be covered by or catch snow. 

“We’re not called the Land of the Midnight Sun for nothing,” he said.

Head on over to the Mat-Su Frontiersman for the full read.